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  • Ever Wonder Why You Don’t See Great Whites In Aquariums? These Are The Reasons Why

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    Aquariums can be really powerful forces for good in the world of conservation.

    They, along with animal water parks like SeaWorld, also showcase aquatic animals the viewing public wouldn’t normally get to see. Public perception around keeping large animals like orcas in relatively small tanks for entertainment has quickly shifted after the documentary “Blackfish” exposed some of the abuses that take place. However, doesn’t it seem strange that if SeaWorld keeps large orcas and many aquariums house many species of shark, that no one has tried to put a Great White on display?

    Actually, they have, but each shark has died shortly thereafter. Why does this happen? IFL Science has the answers.

    The first time a Great White was ever put on display was in the 1950s at a place called Marineland. It died within a day. SeaWorld also attempted it a few times in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but each time the shark died or had to be released.

    In 2004, the Monterey Bay Aquarium became the first institution to keep Great Whites alive for more than 16 days. They survived for several months, which was shocking. Most were young sharks captured by fishing nets and then rehabilitated. None died in captivity, but they all had to be released, with some refusing to eat.

    The most recent attempt to display a Great White was after an adult shark was injured in a fishing net last year. It was kept at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan until it died three days later. The video below seems to show the animal exhibiting anxious, restless behaviors.

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    One issue in keeping Great Whites is their diet. They don’t eat anything except live prey unless they’re starving. But feeding using live animals is a problem ethically for aquariums and marine centers, and it’s very expensive.

    Another issue is the tank size. Like orcas, Great Whites are known to travel huge distances. But these sharks face the additional challenge that they are one of the species of ocean animals that must keep swimming forward in order to survive. That means their tanks would have to be truly massive.

    Some also say that their electromagnetic receptors are thrown off in an environment surrounded by glass. The shark would be confused by the new stimuli around it, and this theory could explain why some captive Great Whites have refused to eat even live prey.

    Overall, keeping Great White sharks in cages is just a terrible idea. They need the entire ocean to roam in order to survive. If you want to see a Great White, well, that’s what we have Shark Week for!

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  • This Homeless Mother Can’t Catch A Break. How People Treat Her Is Heartbreaking.

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    People experiencing homelessness often face huge barriers to housing and income.

    It’s something we don’t talk about a lot, but it’s awfully expensive to be poor. For parents facing homelessness, the concerns are even higher, and the rates of homeless families are on the rise. “What we’ve seen change from last year to this year is the amount of families that are unsheltered,” said Devra Edelman of the Hamilton Families Shelter. “Families that stay in cars, tents…say that they’re in an uninhabitable living situation. The number of unsheltered families has increased from 10 percent last year to almost 30 percent in the first six months of 2017.”

    One homeless mother in San Francisco has just been trying to survive. Unfortunately, after some photos of her went viral, she’s now facing harassment, too.

    Megan Doudney, who gave birth just a few weeks ago, says she’s trying to support her baby. ”I’m doing the best I can,” she said. “I live on a fixed income and that income only lasts so long…Once that’s gone, yeah, I’m going to do what I need to do to support my child.”

    She and her baby are currently living at the Hamilton Families emergency shelter. The shelter offers parenting classes, medical care, meals, and housing.

    She’s also facing a lot of judgment, even from strangers online. A woman named Olya Levtushenko has been photographing her and posting the images on Facebook, insinuating that her child should be taken away and that Doudney is just “using her child to make money.”

    Levtushenko has even compared the baby’s condition to human trafficking and prostitution online. Doudney, however, just wants to be left in peace. “I’ve asked them several times, please don’t film me, don’t film my baby,” she said. ”I am a human being.”

    Learn more about Doudney’s struggle and the harassment she’s facing in the video below.

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    (via CBS SF Bay Area)

    What do you think about her situation and the plight of homeless families? What can we do to help kids in need? Start the conversation in the comments below.

  • Some Monster Threw This Cat Off A Bridge, But A Hero Saved Her Life

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    Most of us would do anything we could to save an animal in distress.

    Part of being able to save a life, however, is being in the right place at the right time. Many animals who are dumped in the water don’t get a chance to live because no one is around to save them. It’s hard to believe there are monsters out there who would, for instance, throw a cat off a bridge, but that’s exactly what happened in Florida recently. Fortunately for this miracle kitty, a hero was there to save the day.

    Captain Jordan Smith is your average animal lover. He loves taking selfies with his dogs.

    He posts photos of them all the time, with commenters online even referring to them as his “kids.”

    He’s always trying to help animals, including this pup found by a friend and in need of a good home.

    He was out on the water one day when he says he saw a little head trying to stay afloat. He had seen the cat fall from 15 feet up on a nearby bridge, apparently thrown off by an evil human.

    “She latched ahold of me and didn’t want to let go,” he said. “She was just staring at me the whole time.” Learn more about this daring rescue in the video below.

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    (via BoredPanda)

    Fortunately, he was able to get the kitty, now named “Miracle,” to the vet to get some help. As long as kitty gets along with his pups, he’ll be adopting her, too. What a happy ending!

  • Fed-Up Woman Wanted Her Rooster Gone, So She Made This Hilarious Post Online

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    I have seen quite a few interesting classified ads online in my day.

    If you really want to sell something, sometimes the best way to do that is to make your listing stand out. If you’re lucky, your crazy post can even reach an audience you couldn’t have imagined. What happens if the thing you’re trying to get rid of isn’t exactly an appealing prospect? Well, you could try to hide its flaws. Or, like Denell McCaul, you can be painfully, hilariously honest.

    Denell has a lot of animals, and she seems to love them a whole lot.

    This includes some chickens, ducks, and one absolutely petulant rooster.

    Denell’s rooster is so obnoxious that she’s deemed him an “asshole,” and she has the story to back it up.

    She’s so fed up with his loud noises and wily ways that she’s even giving him away for FREE. Here’s what she wrote in her hilarious Facebook post.

    FREE to good home. Well, any home really. At this point I don’t give a shit what kind of home this inconsiderate jerk goes to: ASSHOLE ROOSTER. He’s the perfect rooster if your alarm is broken and you need to be awake at 5:30 a.m. That is his only setting, 5:30. He has no snooze button but will be quiet just long enough for you to fall back to sleep and then he’ll start back up with his obnoxious cock-a-doodle-doing right outside of your windows. It’s like he knows where you sleep and can zone in on that particular window so maybe he has some sort of special x-ray vision where he can see sleeping people behind walls. He is also a perfect rooster if you want to start running… around your yard… while you’re trying to get away from him. He no longer goes after me as he is also an instructor of interpretive dance. Or at least that’s what I imagine it looked like as I went after him flapping my arms, jumping up and down, kicking at him, yelling and screaming, and swinging a mop in his direction. So, if you’re looking for an alarm clock with the only setting being 5:30 a.m., a personal trainer and a dance instructor, I have the perfect rooster that is able to fill all 3 of those positions FOR FREE! But you’re coming out to catch this asshole, I want to see your first interpretive dance lesson.

    I think I’m gonna have to pass on that early wake-up call, but hopefully all the attention her post is getting will get this rooster to a place where its talents are appreciated.

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  • He Went To Brush Sand Off His Legs And Noticed Hundreds Of Holes. Then He Saw Blood.

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    They say that everything in Australia is trying to kill you.

    From the poisonous plants to the giant spiders to the surprisingly violent kangaroos, there’s plenty out there in the bush that does not have your best interests at heart. If instead you decide to spend most of your Aussie vacation out on the water, well, that might be trying to kill you, too. One teenager found out the hard way that the ocean is just as dangerous as the land when he was severely injured in a way that will make your skin crawl.

    Sam Kanizay was out swimming in the ocean off a suburb of Melbourne. He came out of the water and noticed blood dripping down his feet.

    At first, he thought he had slipped on a rock, but then he noticed holes in his ankles. The rush of blood just got worse, and he was rushed to the hospital.

    Doctors and nurses were perplexed by the creatures that bit him, concluding they may be some form of sea lice.

    Sea lice feed on mucus, blood, and tissue of host fish, but marine biologists say they’ve never seen anything this vicious or immediate before in humans.

    Sam was eventually released from the hospital, but not before his wounds were biopsied to ensure nothing living was still inside them.

    His dad, Jarrod, took some raw meat out to the spot where Sam was swimming and captured more of the creatures so they can be sent off for testing. He also caught them on video eating the meat, but be warned, it’s pretty gross.

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    (via IFL Science)

    This is so scary. I feel itchy all over just looking at them. I’m glad Sam is recovering, and here’s hoping they figure out what caused his injuries so no one else gets hurt.

  • You Definitely Aren’t Prepared For The Cuteness This Girl And Her Poodle Will Bring

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    If you grew up with a dog by your side, you’ve likely shared many sweet moments together that you enjoy looking back on from time to time.

    Simply put, dogs are amazing companions, and for some people, their pups are their first best friends. One little Japanese girl is making memories right now with her three furry siblings, one of whom holds a very special place in her heart. Get ready for a wave of nostalgia about your first childhood pet, because the bond this adorable toddler has with her favorite pup is almost too cute for words.

    Meet one-year-old Mame and her large standard poodles, Gaku, Qoo, and Riku. Mame’s grandma loves taking photos of them hanging out and playing together. Who could blame her?

    Mame loves all three dogs, but she’s especially close to one in particular.

    There’s no doubt that Mame’s best friend is Riku, the largest and fluffiest of the two white poodles.

    They do everything together, whether they’re dressing up in matching outfits…

    …reenacting scenes from classic movies…

    …sampling some tasty food…

    …getting into mischief…

    …or snuggling up to each other and taking naps.

    It’s pretty clear that this pair is absolutely inseparable.

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    Aren’t they precious? If you want to check out more adorable photos of this little girl and her poodle friends, be sure to follow them on Instagram.

  • Ever Wonder What Happens When A Sea Lion Dreams? Wonder No More!

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    One of my favorite things in the world is when my dog has a dream.

    I love to watch his little paws move as his dream self chases a rabbit or runs an agility course or whatever it is that he’s got happening up in his brain. I guess I don’t think that much about other animals dreaming, but it definitely happens.

    The Dudley Zoo in Great Britain recently released a pretty adorable video of a Patagonian sea lion twitching and making noises in its sleep. They also informed everyone that sea lions actually are pretty unique when it comes to sleep because half of their brain stays awake while the other half rests.

    This split-sleep cycle is called unihemispheric slow-wave sleep. I call this sea lion too cute to handle.

    Aww! I could watch this video all day long.

  • Caring Husband Comes Up With The Best Way To Get His Wife Amazing Gifts

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    I consider myself to be really good at giving gifts, but it can be a huge source of stress for people.

    After all, you want to get something you know the other person is going to absolutely love. In relationships, the pressure can be stacked even higher to make your significant other’s day.

    Jordan Lebeau is one man who always went the extra mile with his gifts, but until recently, his wife didn’t know where he was getting his ideas. Then a viral tweet revealed his secret, and people in relationships everywhere are calling him a genius.

    Jordan and his wife TyAnna have been married for a few months, but they’ve been together for more than three years.

    Back in their senior year when they started dating, Jordan wanted to get her the perfect gift, so a friend suggested he check her Pinterest account. He made a fake account and has been following her ever since.

    In response to a question from activist Deray Mckesson about who uses Pinterest, Jordan replied, revealing his secret.

    Now, TyAnna knows about how he’s been getting her these perfect gifts, but she said she wasn’t shocked at all. “I thought it was really really sweet but I wasn’t surprised because Jordan really goes the extra mile to make me happy,” she said.

    For as much effort as he’s put into gift-giving, Jordan has advice for others in relationships. “You don’t have to be committed to giving gifts if you don’t have the money or if your significant other isn’t big on gifts,” he said. “Get to know the person and commit to making them happy how they want to be made happy — not how you want them to receive it.”

    (via Buzzfeed and BoredPanda)

    These two have such a great outlook on love and relationships. The Pinterest idea is a great one for any significant others out there who want to learn what makes their partner happy.

  • Here’s Why One Photo Taken From Inside A Plane Is Making People Furious

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    When we travel with our pets, we want them to be as safe and comfortable as possible.

    It’s an awful, nerve-racking experience for both animals and humans, which is why we’re willing to pay top dollar to have our furry friends fly. Many airlines have special dedicated staff who take care of the animals that fly with them to ensure they’re alive and well when we reach the destination.

    United Airlines, who has been in trouble with multiple scandals, is now being criticized online after a woman posted a photo of supposed mistreatment of a dog on its tarmac. The airline has responded saying that not everything is exactly as it seems.

    Passenger Barbara Passmore was at the Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas, when her flight was delayed for about an hour.

    While service dogs and some small dogs can stay in the cabin with their owners, most animals ride in the cargo hold in their crates.

    Passmore says when she looked out the window she noticed a crate sitting on the cold and wet tarmac for almost an hour while passengers waited for takeoff.

  • Video Of Itchy Dog Is The Funniest, Weirdest Thing You’ll See All Week

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    I’m prone to getting tons of mosquito bites, so after a certain point in the summer, I’m an itching machine.

    A Boston terrier named Riley, however, has me beat when it comes to efficiency. The pup recently made everyone laugh out loud when she put her face and neck on the carpet and started crawling around. It’s weird, but it looks so, so satisfying.

    What a hilarious little genius she is!

    Some commenters say this is normal behavior for their dogs, but others suggest Riley’s owners get her to a vet to check for allergies or dermatitis. I’m sure her owners will take good care of her, but for now we can just ignore her antics!

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